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Title:Library Practices and Management in the Digital Age of Fire Information
Author(s):Ruan, Lian J.; Groves, Adam; Richardson, Diane
Subject(s):State fire training programs
Abstract:In 1990, the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library was established as an in-house library for IFSI full-time staff and part-time field instructors. Over the subsequent twenty years, the IFSI Library has experienced transformational growth in multiple areas and now answers 4,000 annual reference requests. This presentation will examine how the IFSI Library has embraced proactive library practices and management techniques in an effort to provide no-cost fire emergency library and information assistance and services to Illinois fire service personnel and citizens. User-centric outreach activities will be described, including the pursuit of grant awards, the development of intensive patron training programs, and the creation of an advisory committee, and this presentation will also discuss how the library evolved to include repositories for both historical archival materials and modern electronic records and files. Finally, this presentation will describe the efforts of the IFSI Library staff to take full advantage of the library’s new home in the state-of-the-art IFSI Learning Resource and Research Center, and to further develop innovative collections and programs as part of IFSI’s VISION 2020 strategic plan.
Issue Date:2011-05-10
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-25

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